Blog of the Week: Hit the Deck

Originally posted on November 20, 2013 by Eve Bernfeld at

Lying Down in Constructive RestI guess people perceive me as the Posture Police, because they are often saying things to me like: “At the end of the day/at the end of a long trip/when I get off work/[fill in the blank] I’m just too tired to sit up.  I try, but I can’t.  All I can do is just collapse into the couch.  I wish I could stay upright like you.”  This may be said sheepishly with a look of apology, or it may be said in a challenging way, the implication being the speaker’s life is so much more tiring than mine.  Today I officially respond to both types of people: “You think I’m never too tired to sit up straight? Ha!  Why do you think I didn’t post a blog last week?”

I do, however, have a different suggestion for how to deal with this situation.  It isn’t collapsing into the comforting cushions of the couch.  I really can’t think of a time when I would advocate collapse.  I like to allow my joints and organs to have sufficient space to operate at all times.  No, my solution is quite simple.  In the words of a pupil who recently came to her lesson very excited because she had just had this revelation: “If I’m too tired to sit up, I need to lie down!”  Yes!  Sometimes you just need to hit the deck.

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